Candlelight Compline services slated

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The Rev. Ian B. Reid, senior pastor of First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, prepares to read the Bible lesson for an evening Compline service last year.  Compline services, the last prayer service of the day, this year are scheduled every Thursday before Christmas, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. Services are open to the public.

Photo Provided The Rev. Ian B. Reid, senior pastor of First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, prepares to read the Bible lesson for an evening Compline service last year. Compline services, the last prayer service of the day, this year are scheduled every Thursday before Christmas, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. Services are open to the public.

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, celebrates the Advent Season each year with weekly candlelight Compline services.

Compline services, traditionally the last prayer service of the day, is scheduled each Thursday evening leading up to Christmas. Services are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.

Compline services, which date back to the Benedictine era, 480-550 A.D.,are 30 minutes in length and were originally designed to be the last prayer service of the day. To this day, Compline preserves the ancient traditions of simplicity, restfulness and timelessness of text and song.

The Rev. Ian B. Reid, senior pastor for First Lutheran, said these intimate candlelight services are a wonderful way to worship during the Advent Season. The timely services offer a respite from the busy season, affording a time to refresh and return to the true meaning of the season, he said.

Reid said the Lutheran Church has a continuous cycle of daily prayers and worship known as the Divine Office of the Church. The more familiar services in the cycle include morning prayers (Matins and Lauds) and evening prayers (Vespers and Compline).

Compline services are open to the public. These candlelit services offer an opportunity for quiet meditation in the restful setting of the sanctuary of First Lutheran Church.

First Lutheran is handicap-accessible and has the “Loop” hearing system. There is ample free parking adjacent to the church. For further information, contact the church office at 304-428-6174.